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Saving is not stinginess.
I self lterest demands tha* you
! saV8 a part of your earnings for a
[ ‘rainy day.”
! Why not open a savings account
| with us today and let your money
; earn future money? You may begin
with as little as a one dollar de
posit, if you can’t spare more. The
rapid growth of a small weekly sav
ing Is remarkable.
The First National Bank
“A National Bank for
Capital and Surplus fit,000,000
F. A. Gullidge of Verbena, J. H. Ed
wards of Decatur an* W. O. Wilson of
Brilliant ure at the Metropolitan.
W. P. Ross of Dora, A. R. Noble of
Anniston and McLana Tilton of Pell City
ere at the Morris.
James ft. Gwin of Cincinnati, Charles
B. Jackson of Atlanta and C. D. McLaugh
lin of Boston are at the Florence.
R. E. lllglit of Little Rock, E. T.
Walston of Baltimore, J. H. Kenslnger
of Chattanooga are at the Birmingham.
J. M. Scott of Louisville, Joshua Lever
ing of Baltimore and C. M. Kenlmer of
Atlanta are at the Hillman.
J. C. Graham of Anniston, H. W. Cran
ford of Jasper and Charles S. Roberts of
■ Montgomery are at the Empire.
'Six Young Men Installed in New
Quarters on Seventh Avenue
The building located at 2211 Seventh
avenue, north, which was procured and
furnished by the Boys' club some time
ago, was opened yesterday as a home
for the working boys. Mts. J. A. Black
burn, who Is in charge, welcomed six
boys yesterday morning.
Rooms for 15 or 20 boys between 12
and 18 years of age have been fur
nished. In addition to the regular ac
commodations there will' he a tennis
court and club room lor the buys
Furniture at the home is complete
except for several dressers. It is stated
that the donation of a phonograph
Would be greatly appreciated.
Board will be charged'on the sliding
scale, each boy paying according to
bis wages until ho earns enough to be
placed in some private home.
The Birmingham Theatre company,
owners of the Majestic theatre, has en
tered 8Ult against the P. W. Marks Con
struction company for $2<XW», alleging dam
age to the Majestic. The Marks Con
struction company had the contract for
the erection of the new tiyrlc theatre on
Third avenue and Eighteenth street, ad
jacent to the Majestic theatre. The com
plaint alleges that the defendant allowed
refuse to fall in the rain gutters of the
Majestic building, spotting them up and
caused large quantltes of water from
rainfall to overflow, which is alleged to
have caused damage to the “walls and
ceilings, plastering and decorations'' to
the amount sued for. The suit was filed
In the city court.
Sixty capital cases were set yesterday
Ion the May docket of the criminal cou’t
Sor the weeks commencing May B and i!>.
These two weeks will be “double head
ers,’ ’as both Judge S. E. Greene and
Judge Port will try capital cases. The
week commencing May 12, both judges
•will try the non-capital felony jail cases.
There is one capital week in April, com
mencing on the 28th, over which Judge
Fort will preside.
There are about 27y cases already en
tered on the grnad jury docket, and by
the time the grand Jury convenes It is
anticipated there will be over 300. The'
f:rand jury for the April term will be or
ganized next Monday in the first division
of the criminal court by Judge Samuel K.
Klreene, and after being duly empanelled
twill take up the work for the term.
The commission granted contracts yes
terday for some sanitary Improvements
in the McNally quarter sectlon_and passed
upon the paving of a few Isolated blocks
In the city with bitullthic. The commis
sion authorized four blocks on Fourteenth
etreet from Eighth avenue to Avenue
which HR In gaps on what will hereafter
become a through boulevard from north
to south. That work was given to 'the
bitullthic. Final action was taken on
several paving matters of Importance,
while the East Lake boulevard was
passed until Friday.
Real Estate Transfers
82783—J. R. Hardin to Mrs. .\Wy F.
Vintson; lot 9. block 4 "B." survey of the
property of East Lake Land company.
*1260— B. B. Pugh and Minnie Pugh to
J. R. Gardner; lots 1, 2, 3. 4 and 6, block
63. plan and survey of Ihe West End Land
and Improvement company.
12900—William Davies and Emma Davies
to 8. D. Murphey; lot 17, block 298. present
Survey of the city of Birmingham.
3340-FMary H. Hendrix to T. W. Cox;
1st 5. block 4. Avondale.
(1000—1Tuggle Institute to Carrie A. Tug
gle; lots 8, 9 and 10, section 26, township
17, range 3 west.
*6000—Lila a. Clisby to L. W. Seales; lot
S. block 2, Phelon s addition to the clty
of Birmingham.
Carry Relief Supplies Free
Amiodncement is made that the Erie
railroad will give free transput™ tlon and
will participate in the free movement
trom connecting lines of such supplies
as tnay be offered for the relief of auf
lerers from the recent floods and torna
does. when consigned to the chairman of
rilief committees or other officials in
charge of such work. All packages must
bear indication of their contents, show
destination and full name of consignee.
Make waybills read '‘Free, account flood
tor tornado) sufferers."
Commission Rescinds Action
Providing for Employ
ment of Landscape Man
i All Approve Civic Scheme But Main
tain That Man of Wide Experi
ence Must Be Employed
for the Work
Exceptionally vigorous objections by
prominent men to the employment of
George H. Miller to draft the civic scheme
of Birmingham caused the commission
yesterday to “wipe the slate clean” and
rescind a former order employing that
landscape architect.
It has seldom • been the experience of
the commission to hear such protests as
were offered yesterday to the. employment
of Mr. Miller of Boston, the selection of
whom caused a spilt in the park com
mission. For nearly two hours Col.
Thomas O. Smith, r. Croom Beatty, Fred
M. Jackson, \ya*ter E. Sessions, Mr.
Weatherly and others engaged In a round
of criticisms and of defense that eventu
ally caused the commission to rescind all
previous action and decide that further
consideration must be given the park
scheme and the employment of another
From the tidal wave of protests there
issued one fact, however, that caused
manifest interest and satisfaction from
all of the commissioners, and that was
that every man at the meeting on what-!
ever side of the Miller controversy, was]
in favor of a park scheme. They all said
in answer to inquiries directed by Mr. ;
Exum and Mr. WTeatherly that the civic |
schema was a laudable and entirely ap-!
propriate ambition and should be worked I
out. They all said that Birmingham wras
to he a great city and that a civic plan
such as suggested by Chairman John L.
Kaul of the park commission should
be bought and paid for, the final execur
tlon of the plan being left to the future
generations of this city.
As to Mr. Miller, however, those who
objected based their protests on his
youth, his alleged inexperience, his al
leged failures In connection with schemes
in Birmingham, ami his inability as a
civil engineer. It was maintained that a
landscape architect here should also be
an engineer with sufficient ability to treat
with the grade crossing and viaduct ques
tions that must be solved sooner or later.
Is Tremendous Undertaking
“I would not reflect upon Mr. Miller
personally, and the young man so far as
he has progressed,” said Col. Tom
fc’mith. “However, this civic plan for
Birmingham is a tremendous undertaking.
The city should on that account employ
the very best talent that can be found.
“The Inability of Mr. Miller to deal with
the grade crossing problems that are
here; his lack of experiences as a city i
builder, and his youth all lead me to1
think that he is not the man for this
gigantic task. This employment or pro
posed employment of Mr. Miller lias
caused a split in the park commission and
will cause a split in the city generally,
if it is made final. We think that the
civic plan is a good scheme, but the abil
ity that it requires to execute the plan
is more than I think Mr. Miller can
Fred M. Jackson Talks
Fred M. Jackson, who always mani
fests an interest in civic improvements,
said that he did not know any of the park
experts that had been considered. Ho
said, however, that from inquiries he had ;
made and from information that had |
been received, he was of the opinion that j
Mr. Miller was not the man for the work.
He plead for harmony among all the
citizenship of Birmingham, and said that
from indications if Mr. Miller were given
a contract it would split the financial i
end other interests wide open In Bir-1
mingbam. That harmony, ability, I
finances and co-operation were the pre- ,
scription needed was the general trend of!
Mr. Jackson’s observations.
Sessions Says Big Man Needed
Mr. Sessions said that lie was an in
surance man, ami that experts of his
company that visit ti5 cities all over the
country believed and expressed the opin
ion that Birmingham was destined to be
a great big city. He added that engi
neering shill, executive ability and wide
experience were required of any man
who was to undertake such a great big
scheme in Birmingham.
Beatty Opposes Miller
“Our company employed Mr. Miller,'
said Mr. Beatty, general manager of the
Birmingham Realty company, “but found
liis plans entirely impractical. We ig
nored every recommendation that lie of
I. red. hut paid him his fee. He does not
possess tlie requisite engineering skill and
general experience to handle a proposition
of tlie magnitude that the city contem
plates. The work Mr. Miller has executed
here cost a great deal and I hear nu
merous complaints about it.’1
Weatherly Makes Statement
When the criticisms of Mr. Miller had
Veen stated in full Commissioner James
Weatherly titular head of the park com
mission, made a statement. He related
tlie bind sledding that was necessary to
get John 1,. Kaul on tlie board as well as
some other members. He related that for
u while tlie minority and majority of the
park commission could not get together
on any man for tlie work. He recounted
that the two recommendations, one for
Miller and one for Kestier. the latter
front tlie majority, had remained on his
desk for three months.
Finally in the interest of harmonv he
requested an audience with Frank W.
fainith and Hugh Martin of the majority
and sought one with ex-commissioner
N. B. Stack, but tlie latter was in Florida.
Finally he caused tlie two members of’
tlie majority in I he city to join Mr. Haul
and Mr. Jemlson in recommending Mr.
.Miller. Mr. Weatherly sajd he made a
brief statement tif tins negotiation to
the commissioners whereupon the com
mission voted to affirm the action of the
park condmssion for the employment of
Mr. Miller. That action was yesterday
‘"i am certainly glad of one thing,"
said Mr. Weatherly, “and that is this
'meeting developed tlie unanimous opinion
that the civic plan should be adopted and
carried out not to exceed the Initial ex
penditure of *20.000.
“in view, however of this opposition to
the employment of Mr. Miller. I want to
make lids motion that all action In con
nection with i he employment of Mr. Miller
be rescinded and that, this commission
start over again the proposition of em
ploying of the civic expert, I am ready
and willing to vote for ainy competent
man. but 'wipe tlie slate clean.' ’’
The mutloii of Mr. Weatherly was car
ried. 1
But Recuperative Powers
Are Demonstrated
Marking of Time May Be Expected
Pending Congress Action. Accord
ing to First National Bank’s
Monthly Review
« — —— .
The First National bank's financial
and commercial review of date April I,
Is as follows:
"The Inherent strength of the finan
cial situation in this country has been
fully demonstrated by the momentous
events of national and world wide im
portance, which have so crowded the
past month as to make it t\ie most
eventful In recent history. A new na
tional ♦ administration lias come Into
power at Washington, sustained by a
majority in both houses of Congress,
pledged to a change in the economic
and financial policy of the government:
committed to a readjustment of the tar
iff on a revenue basis, to a tax upon
incomes, to the dissolution ,of industrial
combinations and to the restoration of
competitive conditions in business.
"The month was marked abroad by
great military activities in the Balkan
peninsula which have resulted in the
fall of Adrianople and the closing in
on Constantinople. The Nebraska
cyclone was followed quickly by the
great floods in Ohio and Indiana, caus
ing the loss of many lives, and in
flicting an enormous property damage.
With these flood waters subsiding at
their sources and surging down the
Ohio and the Mississippi rivers, further
loss Is inevitable, and should the levee*
break, there wil be inundated much
of the same area in the Mississippi val
ley that was under water last year.
Mr. Morgan's Death
“On the last clay of this eventful
month, J. P. Morgan, the world’s lead
ing financier and America’s greatest
constructive genius, died at Rome. Any
one of these events taken singly, might
under other circumstances and condi
tions. have brought on a serious finan
cial dlstrubance, but even when com
ing in such rapid succession they have
caused no storm clouds to gather in
the financial world.
"While the property loss by cyclone j
and floods has been tremendous, it is.
distributed over a large territory and'
this country has become accustomed
in a measure to these catastriphis, j
which have always demonstrated mar- |
velous powers of recuperation in the
affected areas.
Quick Recovery From Disaster
The Chicago and Boston fires In the
early ’70‘s, the Charleston earthquake,
the Johnstown flood. the St. Louis
cyclone, the Galveston hurricane and
tidal wave, the Baltimore fire and the
San Franciso earthquake and tire, are
examples of great disasters from which
a quick recovery was made, the cities
concerned In every case having been
rebuilt on broader and better lines than
before. The same result will doubt
less follow In Dayton, Hamilton and the
other flood stricken cities of the re
cent disaster. The frequent recurrence
of these overflows suggests the im
portance of some action being taken
by our national government to prevent
them, and it would seem that there is
no direction toward which the energies
of the new administration can be di
rected to better advantage.
“The death of Mr. Morgan came at a
time when ho had rounded out his
career and when he had practically
retired from the active management
of his great banking house, which he
leaves in the hands of his partners, who
are recognized as among the ablest
of American financitrs. His demise,
therefore, will probably have no marked
Influence upon the general situation.
General Business
“While there will undoubtedly be an
active demand (or structural steel (or
use in replacement work on railroads
affected by the floods, some slowing
down in general business during the
next few months seems probable. There I
is a world wide governmental demand
for money not only in China, and in
European countries who are increasing
their armaments, but tills demand is
also accentuated by our own national,
state and municipal governments. A
marking of time may be expected until
tile new tariff schedules are known and
possibly until legislation Is bad in
banking and currency matters.
“Conditions In the farming sections in
(his state appear to be belter than they
were a. year ago, although 1he rainfall
during the month of March has interfered
more or less with farm work. Under the'
law of averages we have had our share of
had weather for the present and indica
tions point to a lair weather period
ahea^j of ns.
Birmingham Statistics
"The Birmingham Chamber of Com
merce recently issued a folder giving
statistics, showing concisely progress
made in many lines since 1900. Building
operations, bank deposits and bank clear
ings, postoffice receipts, assessed valua
tions of real estate, production of coal
and street railway operations all lisow a
remarkable increase. It is worthy of
note, however, that' in pig iron produc
tion and in annual pay rolls, a propor
tionate gain iR not shown. The Birming
ham district should be the gerate.st Iron
producing center In America, but it is
not by any means, nor has it since 1902
kept pace with I lie production of Iron In
other sections. The proper development
of our Iron and steel industry is absolute
ly essential to the future progress of this
"The southern market for pig iron is
not bioad enough to absorb our output
and when our surplus iron is shipped to
the north and middle west, freight rates
as a rule put it to a premium as com
pared with northern iron. It is highly
desirable thRt our iron be converted Into
finished products for distribution In our
own southern markets. A few years ago
there was every reason to expect that
great progress would are been made in
this direction by this time, but the out
come has been disappointing, and projects
involving the outlay- of many millions of
dollars with a very large addition to our
regular annual pay rolls are still either
in the-blue print stage or as, in one no
table instance, nearly' completed and l.v
lng idle, while active development work
Is being pushed In other sections.
The Reasons
"There are reasons lor all this, not
physical or financial, hut resulting froth
artificial eomlltleas. The equanimity
wjtli which these matters are regarded
by the people of this section shows re
markable patience and optimism and de
votion to principle, or else it Indicates an
amazing disregard of their own material
interests. The greatest needs or the Bir
mingham district are more capacity- for
finished products, more skilled labor and
more pay rolls
"Our natural resources an- enormous,
and (heir proper development can most
quickly be hrouglit about by an Intelli
gent and well dliecteil public sentiment.
Norwood, West End Loop
and Lewisburg Extension
The Birmingham Railway, Light and
Power Co. Will Operate All Three
Lines—No Objection Made
to Granting Rights
Three street railway franchises of
great Importance, insuring car serv
ice in undeveloped directions and in
volving large expenditures by the Bir
mingham Railway, Light and Power
company were &£ted upon favorably
yesterday by the commission.
The commission granted the West
End loop, the Lewisburg line and the
Norwood line. The Birmingham Rail
way, Light and Power company will
operate all of the new lines. The city
charged $100 per block in each case
without any gross revenue feature en
tering into the franchise to the Nor
wood section. Commissioner James
Weatherly voted against all three of
the measures. The Norwood work will
cost $30,000 and will be around the
boulevard constructed in Norwood by
the Birmingham Realty company and
reserved for street car purposes by the
realty company. However, the company
agreed to give the city $100 per block
to get a line over its own reserved
streets. The line will connect with
the North Birmingham line and will be
operated by the Birmingham Railway,
Light and Power company.
The citizens of West End applied for
a franchise from Bcrney station in
West End to the state fair grounds
for the Birmingham Railway, Light and
Power company. There is some ques
tion about the city charging blockage
for the line through some acreage, but
that is expected to be arranged later.
The line as now constituted operates
over only three blocks of dedicated
streets. The company declined to pay
for the franchise on the grounds that
the line would be unprofitable, but
agreed to build it after much persua
sion if the franchise was given free.
The citizens of West End started out
to get the franchise free. It is be
lieved that the acreage tract will not
be taxed per blockage.
The line to Lewisburg will cost over
$150,000, It is understood. The Bir
mingham Railway, Light and Power
company will connect with the North
Birmingham line at is present ter
minus and will operate over six blocks
of city streets. They are to pay $600
for that light. The line to Lewisburg
will be the only extension made to
such a remote mining operation as |
Lewisburg. The street car facilities
will tend to draw that section nearer
Birmingham and will greatly increase
realty holdings in that section, it is
The commission passed the three
franchises without any arguments.
In Compliance With Recent
Order of the Com
The proprietors of fruit stands on the
downtown corners were busily engaged
in moving their wares into stores yester
day in accordance with the recent order
of the city commission requiring them to
move off the streets.
In nearly every instance the proprietors
succeeded in getting stores near their
former places of business and were only
temporarily inconvenienced by the change.
In many instances th-3 dealers had taken
time by the forelock and moved early in
March. Only a small number waited un
til the time limit expired.
Some of these called on Commissioner
Exuni and told him that they had se
cured stores, but bad been unable to
move prior to yesterday. They said they
would be able to get off the streets with
in a week.
Mr. Exmn extended the time limit for
a week or 10 days, but was emphatic in
saying that there was no change In the
original order.
Exum Says Financial Condi
tion Precludes Consider
ation of Matter

President Culpepper Exum of the city
commission indicated yesterday regret
fully that the city was not In a position
to take up the purchase of East Lake
park as a city park property. That the !
grounds were valuable for park purposes i
and very attractive was Mr. Exums ref-*
erence to that land.
"The financial condition of the city,'"
said Mr. Exum, who is in charge of city
finances, "are such just now as to pre
vent the city from taking up the purcha>f*
of East Lake. ] believe that land of •
great value and all Birmingham citizens j
know how attractive it is. At this time |
the city is not ready to enter Into uego- j
tlations for the purchase of it for park j
purposes. However, some time later when
the financial conditions are better, the j
city will probably become more interesthu
than at the present, owing to our cramped 1
Woman Not Guilty
Ahnigton, April t.—<8peclal.)-Mu< ii In- j
terest was centered in the trial Tueada > ■
of I'earl l.ee, who was indicted by ' ;
last grand jury of the city court on a
charge of vagrancy. A number of p ■ ■
officers, including Chief of Police Shire' - ■
ski, testified for the state at. the tu b
Tuesday morning, and a feature of the
case was that the defense did not ofO-t I
any testimony. The Jury returned a ver- j
diet of not guilty after being uut a shot 11
Plan to Be Modified—Issues
Informal Order for Draft
ing of Decree
Tells of Offer of Reorganization Com
mittee and Why He Thinks It
Should Be Accepted—Coffin
and Others Testify
♦ ♦
• LEVERING** comment •
• 4
• “When the final decree Is made *
• and the reorganization commit- •
? tee takes charge, as now appears i
$ evident, everything possible will •
• l>e done by the new company to 4
4 make the operations of the old 4
4 Alabama Consolidated a success- 4
• ful business enterprise and a •
4 great factor in the ubuilding ?
$ and growth of the Birmingham 4
f district." — Joshua Levering. 4
4 chairman of Baltimore reorgan- 4
f ization committee. ♦
• *
An order for the drafting of a decree
approving the offer of the Baltimore re
organization committee to buy the bank
rupt Alabama Consolidated Coal and
Iron company, with certain modifica
tions, was Informally issued from the
bench late yesterday afternoon by United
States Judge William T. Grubb.
Joshua Levering, well known financier,
industrial man and once candidate for
President of the United States, was
among the witnesses placed on the stand
during the afternoon. Mr. Levering in his
testimony told of the efforts of the re
organization committee, of which he is
chairman, to make the plan of reorgani
zation fair and square to all stockholders,
both common and preferred, and why he
thought the offer which had been made
to Trustee Harry Coffin some time ago
and which had been approved by Mr. Cof
fin, should be accepted by the court.
Other witnesses were Mr. Coffin, C. P.
Ludwig, manager of the Gadsden plants
of the company, and Secretary C. T.
Earnest of the reorganization committee.
To Allow Thirty Days
The modification in the reorganization
plans resulting from the conference of
Mr. Levering, Mr. Coffin and others Mon
day is that 30 days will be allowed after
the decree is issued by the court for pre
ferred stockholders which have not come
into the reorganization plans, to do so if
they desire. It was also provided as a
further modification that a claim made by
the firm of Dresser & Williams of Balti
more for $28,000 would be paid by the
new company provided the surplus left
from the reorganization plans did not
prove sufficient to pay it.
In reviewing the case after the evidence
bad been taken, Judge Grubb stated that
there were still some features about the
1 Ian which he did not, think were ex
actly just and proper, but which were
i.ot of enough importance to warrant him
ipfuslng tlie whole proposition on their
account. He stated tlie plan could be im
proved upon, but as it was evident that
any further changes would kill them al
together he did not believe lie should re
fuse them as they stood. The court ap
peared to believe that, all claims, both
provable and improvable, should be taken
care of to a certain extent and that some I
better provisions should have been made j
for the protection of certain common i
stockholders, but repeated that, these fea-1
tures did not appear to be of sufficient I
importance to warrant his refusal of the j
Asa matter of fact, the exact provisions j
of the decree are not yet known although
it is probable they will he such as out
lined. On account of the pressure of
other court business, the court requested
that Referee in Bankruptcy Edmund H.
Dryer should draw up the decree and i
Judge Dryer did some work on it last
night. Attorneys W. C. Chesnut and E.
N. Rich for the reorganization commit
tee, Mr. Levering, Attorneys A. D. and,
E. G. Smith for Joseph H. Ifoadley, for
mer president and chairman of the board !
of directors of the company, Mr. Cof
fin, his attorney, Lee C. Bradley, and
others will confer with Judge Dryer in j
drawing up the decree, which then will i
be submitted to Judge Grubb for his ap- !
proval. Judge Dryer has handled nearly
all the court procedure of the company
since it has been bankrupt and is thor
ouglily conversant with every detail of
the proposition. It is probable that the
decree will be ready for Judge Grubb’s,
approval this morning or at least today.
uecree nuomuted
A decree lias already been drawn up by I
attorneys for Mr. Levering and Mr. Cof
fin. and this was submitted to Referee
Dryer for consultation and adoption if it
met with his approval, ft is generally
understood, however, that the decree will
be drafted in its entirety by Mr. Dryer.
The apparent ending of the litigation
in the courts of the Alabama Consolidated
case yesterday comes after a long series
of legal skirmishes. The efforts of the
Baltimore reorganization committee, of
which Mr. Levering is chairman, to reor
ganize and take over tlie properties of
the bankrupt company, have been met
with rigid opposition by what is known
as the Hoadley interests, the leader of
which is former President Joseph H.
Hoadley. Mr. Hoadley claimed there
were several bad features to the reor
ganization plan, some «>f which were that
certain preferred and common stockhold
ers were not protected; that the report
of the appraisers was far beneath the
aef-.al value of the company’s property.
The 3o days' time for preferred stockhold
ers t*» take part in the new company
after the decree is issued, is. to some ex
tent a partial granting of the claims of
the Hoadley interests, but as to whether
or not they will accept the terms of the
final decree or appeal to the court of ap
peals remains to be seen.
The Following Plan
The original plan of reorganization, a>
made b> the committee in Baltimore, to
Trustee Coffin some time ago, is that the
t on inittee shall take over the properly
of tl • company, shall pay off every uns**
Does it sometimes seem that
you simply could not get your
work done? Do you constantly
feel like sitting down? Per.
haps you yawn continually.
Then you need
Tutt’s Pills
Because your liver is sluggish
and should be stirred to ac>
tivity—at your druggist’s,
sugar coated or plain.
Who Invests at4%?
Four per cent investors, the
country over, are buyers of securi
ties that meet every test of safe in
An American Trust savings de
positor is a four per cent investor
who can buy for one dollar, five,
ten, or what he will, a security not
only financially sound, but safe
guarded by the laws of the State.
A security that pays what it
promises on the day due and brings
cash when you need it. That plan hullds
fortunes—is it helping build yours?
Deposits on or before April 5 draw
three months interest in July.
The women of Birmingham have sud
denly discovered they can vote, and the
discovery has been followed by action
from all quarters.
The women members of the churches
and charity organizations and the frater
nal organiaztlons have taken a decided
interest In the Potlatch election contests
now that It is well under way and indi
cations are that the double election by
the time the polls close April 23 will
be one of the hardest fought battles of
the ballot held In Birmingham In many
The ladies have taken up the campaign
and it is said will work largely among
themselves, selling the buttons and solicit
ing votes from those who buy and have
•bougtit. Besides the $240 prize that will
go to the winning church or charity and
also to the winning labor or fraternal or
ganization, there is much honor attached
to tlie two winning organizations as the
vote is to he for the most popular two
organizations, one of each of the two
divisions in the city.
The sale of the buttons is progressing
very nicely. The committees now report
to the chamber headquarters. Letters
were sent out to the different chairman
of the teams yesterday, asking them to
appoint vice chairman so that under the
direction of one of the two, every com
mlttee bould put In at least two hours
work each day selling buttons. The
teams will continue their work all week.
Chairman J. E. Shelby of the special
committee in charge cf the street parades
of the Potlatch festival stated yesterday
that the day parade on the afternoon of
the second day of the Potlatch would be
"Birmingham on Wheels." civicly, Indus
trially. commercially and In all other
phases in different sections of the parade,
in which will be some I’O mammoth floats,
automobiles, decorated and undecorated,
and many other vehicles.
Appropriate prizes will be awarded to
the contestants in this parade, the route
and the prizes to he announced within
a few days. Chairman Shelby stated that
the parade would probably be led by a
squad of police and a squad of flreladdie#,
all decked out in their best uniforms.
The industrial floats, which are now
being made at the state fair grounds,
will probably be the feature of this pa
rade, as they are unlike anything ever
before seen in Birmingham and are being
made with a view both to art and clever
portrayal of the subject. All persons
desiring representations in these floats or
otherwise in the parade should communi
cate with the chamber headquarters at
once. Mr. Shelby has already received
many requests on Mils line and stated
yesterday that he wanted to hear from
all as soon as possible, so as to get Ida
arrangements well under way.
Hall's Park on Highland
Avenue to Be Im
That a very substantial sum of money
—perhaps as much as 123,000— would be
raised in the neighborhood of Hall’s park
for the improvement of that spot, was
the information given the commission
^yesterday by President Exum, whose
home overlooks that portion of the city.
Mr. Exum secured authority from the
commission to start work oil getting the
finances in shape and that work will be
Wgun at once. The spot is similar to
Rhodes’ park, which is improved; Cald
well park, which is to be bettered, and
will conclude the list of sunken spots
around Highland a venire that are to be
President Exum was Informed by I. C.
Beatty that Mr. Hall, who is in New
York, and for whom the park was named,
will give a substantial sum, perhaps $2500
toward the work. The city will doubtless
contribute $2500 In labor and money, while
Mr. Exum personally, W. S. Brown, P.
B. Fowlkes, Eugene J*. .Brown, Zac L.
Nabers and other property owners near
the park will give substantial donations.
That method of subscription was used
In getting the Rhodes park Improved
and was used to get the money for Cald
well park, although the plan drawn for
that park by G. II. Miller has not been
placed in execution.
Upon the request of ('omgmissloner A.
O. Lane, the city commission designated
tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock for the
election of all members of the police de
partment. This will be the first formal
election of city officials on a wholesale
scale since the commission came into
office. The election will Include Chief
George If. Bodeker an 1 all of fils line
officers, as well as rhe patrolmen and
other attaches of the department. In
formation as to any plan for changes
was not given out yesterday .by Judge
Lane, who intimated that no changes of
any grave character would take place.
The commissioners as t whole will vote
on each man. It is taken that all men
will be retained that are nominated by
Judge Lane.
cured creditor in full, meet the. outstand
ing liabilities, reorganize the company,
change its officials and resume operations
under a new policy. This plan was ap
pro veil by Mr. Coffin, who has been
made trustee of the bankrupt ’company,
and is the proposition which after sev
eral weeks’ time, with hearings every
once in ;i while, was approved by Judgi
Giubb yesterday with the certain modi
Several hills of objection- were tiled by
Attorney Smith, representing Mr. Hoad
Mr. Ludwig was placed on the stand
b\ Attorneys Smith and told of the value
of tiie property at Gadsden. Mr. Karnest
and Mr. Levering told of the efforts of
the. reorganization committee to give ev
ery stockholder, both common and pre- :
ferred, an opportunity and an invitation
to take part in the reorganization scheme.
Mr. Coffin told of the efforts of the trus
tee to dispose of the property to thy best
Interests of everyone concerned, of what ,
ho believed would he the results of the j
present offer being accepted, adn so forth.
No arguments were made by the sttor- |
ncve. By this time it was nearly *;:.JC‘
o'clock, and Judge Grubb took up his re
vlftr 4. case, which lasted but a few
mi oat**
Wallace Thinks Government
Property Will Be Ideal
for This Purpose
John II. Wallace. Jr., is filled with
tho hope that out of 12,000 acres of land
beautifully situated in Cherokee county
on either side of tho Little River, a
national park or reservation will be made.
The property, It seems, has recently
been found to belong to the government.
Mr. Wallace was immediately struck with
the thought that out of this extensive
acreage one of the most beautiful spots
In Alabama, an Ideal park, could be made.
Mr. Wallace, en route to Washington*
passed through Birmingham yesterday
‘‘in Washington,” said he, *T will have
an interview with the President, and L
believe that It is quite probable that he
will he willing that such use be made of
the land. If the government authorizes
such a course, we will begin immediate
plans for the preparation of the park.
It Is ideal for animals, extensive enough
to guarantee a line range, and the river
dividing It in halves, will not only serve
the animals as a source of drinking
water, but will permit those which swim
to Indulge In this pleasure.
“If the park Is created It will be one
of the most beautiful In the south or
the country. It will he no trouble to ac
quire the animals. Abundance of water
will permit us to keep those animals and
fowls which require deep water. The en
tire scheme Is to me a most beautiful one.
and I believe that in the near future it
will be materialized.”
Mr. Wallace will remain in the east
for about 10 days.
Would Nearly Tear H i mself to Pieces.
Dark Hard Crust. Water Oozed
From It. Cuticura Soap and Cuti
cura Ointment Cured.
Copper Hill, V».—'“My child was two
years and six months old when his trouble,
eczema, first became noticeable. The erup
non loo&ea sometmng
like poison oak when It
first broke out, and would
itch and burn so badly
that be would nearly
tear himself to pieces.
It would break out In
red blisters on some
Sparta of his body. Where
his clot hlng ctme In con
tact with It, It would
junn a uarK nara crust and water would ooze
from It nearly all the lime. It was called tho
worst form of eczema. After about four
months It spread over the entire Imdy. To
say he suffered most terribly would only be
putting it mildly His was simply unbearable
suffering. He would cry all the time and [
did not see hardly a minute's rest with him
for six months.
" His ankles and back just over the kid
neys were t he worst of all. also his hands and
feet were very bad. His ankles were a per
fect raw sore just terrible to look at. Then I
read of Cutlcura Soap and Ointment and
sent for a samplo. They seemed to ease
more than anything I had used, so I bought
some more and. used them. Cutlcura Soap
and Ointment cured him completely."
(.Signed) Mrs. G. K. Hale. Apr. 17, 1912.
Cuticura Soap 25c. and Cut icUra Ointment
50c. are sold everywhere. Liberal sample of
each mailed free, with 32-p. Skin Hook. Ad
dress post-card "Cuticura. Dept. T. Boston. "
WTonder-faced men should use Cutlcura
Soap Shaviug Stick. 25c. Sample free.

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